Contrary to this popular song’s refrain, “Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon…” poor lemon? Not quite! Lemon juice has been proven to boost green tea’s anti-oxidant properties by as much as 80%. More specifically, a study at Purdue University found that lemon juice caused green tea’s catechins, which display health promoting qualities, to remain in the body that much longer, inferring greater absorbtion. Following lemon, in terms of stabilizing power, were orange, lime and grapefruit juices. Although this study only examined green tea, the lead author and assistant professor of Food Science at Purdue University, Mario Ferruzzi, suspects that some of the results could apply to black tea as well.